Outlander fans rejoice – the new TV series starts soon! While you are waiting, cook up this easy and delicious Bannock Recipe to celebrate the Scottish Highlands. Kilts are optional!
Thanks to the influence of a friend, this summer I began reading the Outlander book series. Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. I love historical fiction and a little bit of sci-fy in the time travel is a fun twist in the plot. I’m now well in to the second book in the series (there are 8 total so far) and I’m totally hooked!
This fall the Outlander books are being made in to a TV series available via Time Warner Cable. I got really lucky and I have already seen the first two episodes. I thought the books were fun to read and I loved seeing the characters and places come to life so beautifully on the screen. The show premieres on Starz on August 9, 2014 at 9 PM EDT.
One thing I love about historical fiction is the glimpse it provides into a time long ago. I’m always curious about what they wore and what they ate. Outlander has a lot of references to food so I decided to try out a recipe for Bannock, one of the first foods mentioned in the first book.
Bannock is a type of bread that is baked over a fire. There are many, many different variations of bannock depending on where and when you live. This recipe isn’t very traditional Highland Scot, but it’s still very good and a delicious way to pass the time until Outlander airs again!
How to Serve Bannock
Serve your bannock with lots of butter and some jam, preferably homemade like:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 additional Tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup water
- Heat a cast iron pan over a fire or on the stove on medium high heat.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Add melted butter and water to the flour mixture and stir to form a sticky dough.
- Add the 1 Tablespoon of butter to the cast iron pan and melt.
- Dump the dough in to the pan and push it out a bit to spread out. Turn heat down to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Carefully flip the dough over with a large spatula. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until baked through but not burnt on the outside.
- Serve warm with butter and jelly or allow to cool before storing in an air tight bag.
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